Jesus’ Mock Trial

Jesus’ Mock Trial

John 18:14 – 19:16

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PARTICIPANTS:

Narrator
Pilate
Peter
Girl
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.
Accuser

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Narrator

We will watch Jesus’ mock trial, as recorded in John 18 and 19. During Jesus’ trial, Peter entered court and was warming himself by a fire.

Girl

(Point your finger close to Peter’s face.) Hey! You’re one of that man’s disciples!

Peter

(Push her hand away.) I am not!

Narrator

They held the trial at night in the dark, as they did not want folk to see its falseness, but Peter was close enough to hear the voices. The High Priest questioned Jesus about His teaching.

Voice I have spoken openly in synagogues and in the temple, and spoke nothing in secret. So why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them.
Narrator

An officer struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?”

Accuser

Hey you! (Point at Peter.) You’re one of that man’s followers. I saw you with him!

Peter

You’re mistaken. I don’t know that man, I tell you!

Accuser

(Stand closer to Peter, peering at his face) Oh, yes, you are one of His followers! Aha! You cut my cousin’s ear off when we arrested that imposter in Gethsemane.

Narrator

Peter was shocked at what he heard next. Jesus had told Peter that he would deny Jesus before the rooster crowed, and it had happened. A rooster was crowing!

Prompter & Companions

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Narrator

Peter hurried out and wept bitterly.

Peter

(Hurry away, moaning.)

Narrator  They led Jesus into the Roman court to be tried by Pilate, the Roman Governor.
Pilate

(Step up to Accuser, put hands on hips.) Okay, so what accusation do you bring against that Man?

Accuser

If He weren’t an evildoer, we would not have brought Him to you.

Pilate

Oh? Very well. Then take Him and judge Him according to your own law! Go!”

Accuser We would judge Him, but we’re not permitted to put anyone to death.
Pilate To death? (Turn sharply to face Voice.) You, whom people call the King of the Jews… Are you? Are you a king?
Voice

My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to protect me. You say correctly that I am a king. For this I was born, and came into the world, to testify to the truth. All who are of the truth hear My voice.

Pilate

Ha! Truth! What is truth? Listen, you Jews… I find no guilt in this man. You have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews, or should I release the insurrectionist Barabbas?

Accuser Barabbas! Release Barabbas.
Narrator

The soldiers took Jesus and whipped Him. They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, put a purple robe on Him and slapped Him in the face, crying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Pilate

All of you, know that I find no guilt in Him. Just look how He’s already been beaten!

Accuser

Crucify Him, crucify Him!

Pilate

Take Him yourselves, you Jewish rulers, and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.

Accuser

By our law, He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.

Pilate

What? The Son of God? Oh, what have I gotten into? (Face voice.) You, Jesus, Where are You from? (After a pause) Why don’t you answer me? Don’t you know I have authority to free You, and I have authority to crucify You?

Voice  You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.
Accuser

(Shout angrily and shake a fist in the air.) If you free Him, you’re no friend of Caesar! Anyone who pretends to be king defies Caesar!

Narrator  After Pilate heard these disturbing words, he took a basin in front of the Jews.
Pilate

I wash my hands of this affair. Do as you wish to this man.

Accuser

Correct! Let His blood be on us and on our children.

Prompter & Companions

How sad, those words! How sad!

 

DISCUSS:

In what way did Pilate practice a form of democracy (government by the people) to avoid taking responsibility?

In what way was the criminal Barabbas a symbol of every sinner that Jesus saves?

 

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